It’s important to be able to predict what will happen when you start trying to form a new habit. And it’s the same whether you’re an elite athlete or looking to get in shape.
Know that at the start of your journey, you’ll have a burst of energy because the path is new and it’s front of your mind. What’s critical to your long-term success however, is what you do when that enthusiasm leaves you.
One thing that I did was to stop looking at the season as a 22-week block, instead breaking it down into four-week blocks. This felt much more manageable, as I’d stopped looking too far ahead. The more challenging the period, the shorter the block I’d create.
There will come a time when you’re feeling zapped and a little fed up at your progress. This is the time to keep going, no matter what. Take stock, re-evaluate and push on through.